Illinois Bar Journal

The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

November 2011Volume 99Number 11Pages 541-592

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Practice News

Illinois Law Update

Arbitration agreements unenforceable for lack of mutuality; employers may not violate pregnant employees' civil rights; prospective jurors excused for permanent disability prohibited from serving; and more.

See cases, legislation, and administrative agencies.


Law Practice Management | By
Helen W. Gunnarsson
How many lawyers have a strategic plan, complete with a mission, goals, action points, and a system for measuring success? Here's why you should be one of them.
Tort Law | By
Robert D. Kreisman
Wendling holds that hospital lienholders are creditors, not third-party beneficiaries of the plaintiff's lawsuit, and thus not required to pay attorney fees under the common fund doctrine.
Estate Planning / Elder Law | By
Kerry R. Peck
When can - and must - you allow your diminished-capacity client to make a decision you advise against? This article explores this and other ethics issues that arise in serving elderly clients.
Civil Practice | By
Jo Anna Pollock
Litigants often seek protective orders to limit disclosure of clients' sensitive documents during discovery. But be wary of attempts by the requesting party to gain an unfair advantage.
Criminal Law | By
Geoffrey Burkhart
Whitfield creates a remedy for defendants who took negotiated pleas without being told they must also do "mandatory supervised release" (aka parole). This article explores the law.


President’s Page | By
John G. Locallo
Let's pause this Veteran's Day to honor our military and the lawyers who serve them.
Estate Planning | By
Mary Cascino
Katarinna McBride
A late-2011 look how recent rulings should influence your estate-planning advice.
Finding Illinois Law | By
Tom Gaylord
Here's how to find these useful resources on the web.
The Judge’s Corner | By
Hon. Ron Spears
Health care providers aren't the only ones who have to respond to public health emergencies.